We had the rehearsal last night, my brother calls me and asks me if he's supposed to be there. My other groomsman doesn't even make it to the rehearsal. I'm just shaking my head, beating myself up since I picked these guys. But again, everything worked out fine. Wade made it at the last second and was able to get some pictures, everyone loves the church, and the rehearsal went smoothly.
The forecast had called for rain, and it was drizzling on the way to the church, it's actually supposed to rain today as well. Since I knew what the weather was going to be like I had been into touch with my mom about the rehearsal dinner. We were supposed to have it in the yard but if it rained we could move it to the basement. She told me not to worry, that everything was going to be fine, it was our day and that nothing would go wrong. I took her word for it, not entirely convinced, but what can you do? If it rains, it rains.
So we're leaving the church after the rehearsal and we head over to mom and dad's place. Of course it starts drizzling. I'm thinking we'll move to the basement but as we drove I was saying a little prayer, just asking if maybe, the rain could miss us. We get there and we find parking on Hoyne, pretty much right in front, all four cars found parking on the block. The neighborhood is pretty packed and it's unheard of, right then I knew that the day was pretty much blessed. Sure enough, the sun broke through and we didn't get a drop for the rest of the day.
It went really well, there was plenty of food, the younger kids played Guitar Hero III, while the other kids played pool in the basement. We also passed out the gifts we had for the bridal party and our parents. My mom was so emotional yesterday that she couldn't eat. Melissa and I couldn't friggin' sleep last night. Excitement? Nerves? Probably a little from column A and a little from Column B. Melissa told me her mom was starting to cry at the rehearsal. It's going to be like the barf-o-rama except with tears today. Someone will start and then someone else will and eventually the whole church is going to be waaaaah-ing.
Back to the dinner, my Godfather showed up, which was great. D finally got to shoot some pool in the basement and got to play my pops. We had good food, a few drinks, a jagerbomb or three and a really good time. Wade also got a lot of great shots. It couldn't have gone any better.
Before I left for the night my mom said that she had something for me. I told her she could give it to me at the wedding but she insisted on handing it to me that night. So I waited around for a bit and she brought me down an envelope, I had a sneaking suspicion as to what was inside, but I decided to wait and open it with Melissa when we got home. She had left earlier with her mom and brother. I get home later that evening and we open it as we go to bed. Inside was some money, after all of the dinner stuff, and helping with things for the wedding, they really didn't need to get us anything else. They say it's for the honeymoon but to use it for whatever. I was so touched and I thought it was too much. She called me a while ago to ask about what time she should get to the church. I told her the gift was too much and that I wanted to give it back but she said no way and that she wanted to give me more...
I'm so lucky in so many ways.
I've been freaking out a bit this morning, mainly because I'm all alone. Melissa got to leave early to get her nails done, her hair, etc. Her family went downtown and my brother is at home. All I've basically got to do now is get dressed and show up. So...I've got time to kill, to think, to overthink. What does Stine call it? Gil it? Overgil? Heh. Anyway, I found the perfect thing to do, well other than drink and/or play Lego Indiana Jones on the 360.
I picked up my copy of The Last Lecture. It's so heartbreaking, but so good, and it was the perfect book to have right now. It's putting everything in perspective and it's helping me really try to enjoy every moment of this day.
Anyway, with that, I think I'll be off. I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to write again. I hope you're all doing well and I love you guys.
PS-That Cubs win yesterday was just the icing on the cake.